Despite the huge progress is the world of modern, science-based training and our understanding of dog behaviour, almost daily emails come in from people looking for help for their dogs and at some point, the word “dominance” comes up. Mostly, it is used in relation to aggression between dogs in the home: “I think they are vying for dominance” or “My one dog is really dominant and goes for my other dogs when there is food around”. I saw an article the other day entitled – “Why won’t dominance die?” or something that like and that really is the question. Why does this word still enter just about every conversation that dog owners have about their dogs’ behaviour?
This article looks at the real reasons for conflict between dogs.